Students, parents reunited after gun scare at Slinger Middle School

A person has been arrested after the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to Middle School for a report of a student with a gun. According to Slinger police Chief Dean Schmidt, they first received a call from the school that a student yelled they had a gun while in a crowded hallway. “I’m irritated with it because it’s a foolish statement to make based on what has been going on in the past week and a half. And we will be looking at whether or not we can file some charges on it, and it depends on how old the child is, but there will be some school consequences as well I’m sure,” Schmidt said. He said that student admitted it was a hoax and said he did it because he thought it was funny. The threat has been deemed not credible. The school superintendent told WISN 12 News any student involved is suspended immediately. He said it’s also cause for expulsion. However, the school board will make that decision in a special meeting. The sheriff’s office said no one was injured, and no gun was found. The school district said the lockdown was ending at about 2 pm and that parents could pick up their children in the lower lot. Earlier, parents were told to meet at the staging area at Kettle Moraine Bowl to wait for updates. “Your heart sinks and you hope for the best, prepare for the worst I guess,” parent Joel Roszak said. “Every single face here looks terribly worried, and I feel bad for every single teacher, and school administration,” said Mary Gutman, a parent of two students. Inside the locked-down building, there was a school full of frightened students.” Like, some people had Apple Watches and were texting their parents ‘I love you,’ in case anything happened because we had no clue,” eighth-grader Charlotte Utz said. As the lockdown ended, parents and children reunited. Students such as sixth-grade twins Allison and Clayton Roemer spoke about the frightening moments inside their locked-down school.”I was pretty worried. It was pretty scary,” Clayton Roemer said.”I thought I was going to die. I didn ‘t know what was going to happen to me or the school,” Allison Roemer said. Slinger High School was on lockdown as a precaution, but WISN 12 News was told there is no problem there. The elementary school was on soft lockdown. Several messages were sent to Slinger School District families:12:23 pm: Dear parents,At this point we are on lockdown at the Middle School, Slinger High School, and Slinger Elementary. A student at the middle school, in the hallway, yelled that they had a gun. We are processing through that right now. At this point, it is still an active investigation but we believe this may have been a case of a foolish statement coming from a possibly joking manner. An update will follow as soon as possible. 12:45 pm Update, at this point we believe we have the situation at the Middle School stabilized. A student admitted to making the statement of “I have a gun” in a crowded hallway. That student is in police custody. Out of an abundance of caution, we are going to remain in lockdown as we complete the investigation. We will inform you when the lockdown has been lifted. About 1:35 pm Dear Parents, We are doing safety and attendance checks at the middle school. The process is moving quickly and should be done in the next half hour. Thank you for your patience and again, the threat has been deemed not credible.

A person has been arrested after the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to Middle School for a report of a student with a gun.

According to Slinger police Chief Dean Schmidt, they first received a call from the school that a student yelled they had a gun while in a crowded hallway.

“I’m irritated with it because it’s a foolish statement to make based on what has been going on in the past week and a half. And we will be looking at whether or not we can file some charges on it, and it depends on how old the child is, but there will be some school consequences as well I’m sure,” Schmidt said.

He said that student admitted it was a hoax and said he did it because he thought it was funny.

The threat has been deemed not credible.

The school superintendent told WISN 12 News any student involved is suspended immediately.

He said it’s also cause for expulsion. However, the school board will make that decision in a special meeting.

The sheriff’s office said no one was injured, and no gun was found.

The school district said the lockdown was ending at about 2 pm and that parents could pick up their children in the lower lot.

Earlier, parents were told to meet at the staging area at Kettle Moraine Bowl to wait for updates.

“Your heart sinks and you hope for the best, prepare for the worst I guess,” parent Joel Roszak said.

“Every single face here looks terribly worried, and I feel bad for every single teacher, and school administration,” said Mary Gutman, a parent of two students.

Inside the locked-down building, there was a school full of frightened students.

“Like, some people had Apple Watches and were texting their parents ‘I love you,’ in case anything happened because we had no clue,” eighth-grader Charlotte Utz said.

As the lockdown ended, parents and children reunited.

Students such as sixth-grade twins Allison and Clayton Roemer spoke about the frightening moments inside their locked-down school.

“I was pretty worried. It was pretty scary,” Clayton Roemer said.

“I thought I was going to die. I didn’t know what was going to happen to me or the school,” Allison Roemer said.

Slinger High School was on lockdown as a precaution, but WISN 12 News was told there is no problem there.

The elementary school was on soft lockdown.

Several messages were sent to Slinger School District families:

12:23 p.m.:

dear parents,
At this point we are on lockdown at the Middle School, Slinger High School, and Slinger Elementary. A student at the middle school, in the hallway, yelled that they had a gun. We are processing through that right now. At this point, it is still an active investigation but we believe this may have been a case of a foolish statement coming from a possibly joking manner. An update will follow as soon as possible.

12:45 p.m.

Update, at this point we believe we have the situation at the Middle School stabilized. A student admitted to making the statement of “I have a gun” in a crowded hallway. That student is in police custody. Out of an abundance of caution, we are going to remain in lockdown as we complete the investigation. We will inform you when the lockdown has been lifted.

About 1:35 p.m.

Dear Parents, We are doing safety and attendance checks at the middle school. The process is moving quickly and should be done in the next half hour. Thank you for your patience and again, the threat has been deemed not credible.


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